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Comment Re:Regulation please (Score 1) 161

Take for example, I myself need corneal cross-linking to halt the progression keratoconus, which has been done safely in other countries for about 17 years now. A company called Avedro is lobbying really hard to get it approved so that they can start selling the equipment and drugs required to perform the procedure, but the FDA has continually denied it every year, instead opting to just wait until you go all out blind and then get a corneal transplant as their current preferred treatment option.

That would be because some other company already has the market cornered for corneal replacement and doesn't want an alternative that avoids this to take hold...

Comment Can't offer unbreakable? (Score 1) 418

Well now, how to define unbreakable... if it truly is unbreakable, then it would take infinite processing capability an infinite time... Now if it only takes infinity MINUS one day, then it is breakable...

Careful, you may not like what you get...

I truly suspect that what they really want is backdoors put in...

Comment Re:The freedom of not having a car (Score 1) 242

all roads except motorways... denoted in the UK by having blue signage.

Prohibited vehicles. Motorways MUST NOT be used by pedestrians, holders of provisional motorcycle or car licences, riders of motorcycles under 50 cc, cyclists, horse riders, certain slow-moving vehicles and those carrying oversized loads (except by special permission), agricultural vehicles, and powered wheelchairs/powered mobility scooters (see Rules 36 to 46 inclusive)
Laws HA 1980 sects 16, 17 & sch 4, MT(E&W)R regs 3(d), 4 & 11, MT(E&W)(A)R, R(S)A sects 7, 8 & sch 3, RTRA sects 17(2) & (3), & MT(S)R reg 10"

Comment Re:Not a problem (Score 1) 161

I'm tempted to say this isn't a particularly big deal in Europe - if an ISP trys to pull this kind of stunt then the content provider will announce what's happening and folks will just switch ISP. Compare to the US where this *is* a problem because the end users generally don't have a choice of ISP - if the ISP decides to hold Netflix to ransom then Netflix can't just tell their customers to switch ISP.

Comment Re:Will the technique work with other devices (Score 1) 162

The password is never supposed to be sent over the air - it is used to generate a cryptographic challenge (from which the password can't be recovered). The problem with this idiotic device is that it allows anyone to telnet into it using a trivially guessable password and it will divulge the wifi password over the telnet connection. So an attacker just needs to convince the kettle to connect to their wifi network instead of the owner's network, eliminating any security the owner's firewall would usually provide.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.